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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Controlling One’s Anger » The Fountainhead of Moral Superiority
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
رَأسُ الفَضائلِ مِلكُ الغَضَبِ، وإماتَةُ الشَّهوَةِ.
Imam Ali (as):
The fountainhead of merits is the overpowering of anger, and the eradication of lust.
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Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.5237

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Benefaction and Beneficence » Moral Superiority
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
حِفظُ اللِّسانِ وبَذلُ الإحسانِ مِن‏ أفضَلِ فَضائلِ الإنسانِ.
Imam Ali (as):
Safeguarding the tongue and spreading goodness [to others] are among the best merits of the human.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.4899

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Chastity » Moral Superiority
الإمام الجواد (عليه السَّلام ):
الفَضائلُ أربَعةُ أجناسٍ: أحَدُها: الحِكمَةُ، وقِوامُها في الفِكرَةِ، والثاني: العِفَّةُ، وقِوامُها في الشَّهوَةِ، والثالثُ: القُوَّةُ، وقِوامُها في الغَضَبِ، والرابِعُ: العَدلُ، وقِوامُهُ في اعتِدالِ قُوَى النفسِ.
Imam al-Jawad (as):
There are four types of merits: the first is wisdom, and its basis is thinking. The second is chastity, and its basis is desire. The third is power, and its basis is anger. The fourth is justice, and its basis is moderation in the faculties of the self.

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Forgiveness » Merits
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
كُن عَفُوّا في قُدرَتِكَ، جَوادا في عُسرَتِكَ، مُؤْثِرا مَعَ فاقَتِكَ؛ يَكمُلْ لكَ الفَضلُ.
Imam Ali (as):
Be forgiving despite having the power [to take revenge], generous in spite of your own hardship and selfless [preferring others over yourself] in spite of your own neediness, and your virtue will be perfected.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.7179

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Individual Ethics » Vices » Greediness
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
الجُبنُ والحِرصُ والبُخلُ غرائزُ سُوءٍ يَجمعُها سُوءُ الظَّنِّ باللّهِ سبحانَهُ.
Imam Ali (as):
Cowardice, greed, and miserliness are vile traits which result from distrust in Allah.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.1837

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Social Ethics » Government » Social Justice » Justice
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
شَيْئان لا يُوزَنُ ثَوابُهُما: العَفوُ، والعَدلُ.
Imam Ali (as):
There are two things the reward for which is beyond measure: pardon and justice.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.5769

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Repentance
الإمام الجواد (عليه السَّلام ):
تأخِيرُ التَّوبةِ اغْتِرارٌ، وطُولُ التّسْويفِ حَيْرَةٌ.
Imam al-Jawad (as):
Postponing repentance is an illusion, and prolonged procrastination is perplexity.
Source: Tuḥaf al-‘Uqūl no.456

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Benefaction and Beneficence
الإمام جعفر الصادق (عليه السَّلام ):
مَن قَضى لأخيهِ المؤمنِ حاجةً قضى اللّهُ عزّوجلّ له يومَ القيامةِ مائةَ ألفِ حاجةٍ.
Imam Ja‘far al-Ṣadiq (as):
He who fulfils one need of his believing brother, Allah will fulfil one hundred thousand needs of his on the Day of Resurrection.
Source: Biḥār al-Anwār Vol.74 P.322

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Social Ethics » Government » Social Justice » Justice » The Most Virtuous Of People
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
إنّ أفضَلَ الناسِ عندَ اللّهِ مَن كانَ‏ العَمَلُ بالحَقِّ أحَبَّ إلَيهِ -وإن نَقَصَهُ وكَرَثَهُ- مِن الباطِلِ وإن جَرَّ إلَيهِ فائدَةً وزادَهُ.
Imam Ali (as):
The most virtuous of people according to Allah is he to whom action in accordance with what is right is more beloved - even if it damages and worries him - than what is false, even if it gives him benefit and increases him.
Source: Nahj al-Balāgha no.125

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Humility » The Most Virtuous Of People
حضرت محمد (صلی الله علیه و آله):
أيُّها الناسُ، إنّ أفضَلَ الناسِ مَن‏ تَواضَعَ عَن رِفعَةٍ، وزَهِدَ عن غُنيَةٍ، وأنصَفَ عن قُوَّةٍ، وحَلُمَ عن قُدرَةٍ، ألَا وإنَّ أفضَلَ الناسِ عَبدٌ أخَذَ مِن الدنيا الكَفافَ، وصاحَبَ فيها العَفافَ، وتَزَوَّدَ للرَّحيلِ، وتَأهَّبَ للمَسيرِ.
The Prophet Muhammad (S):
O people! The most virtuous of people is he who is humble although elevated in rank, is ascetic despite richness, is fair in spite of his strength and forgiving in spite of his power. Verily, the most virtuous of people is a servant who takes what suffices him from this world, takes self-restraint as his companion therein, prepares his provision for the journey of the Hereafter and thus is ready for his departure from this world.

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